unworthy

adjective un·wor·thy \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of unworthy

1 a : lacking in excellence or value : poor, worthless
2 : not meritorious : undeserving
  • unworthy of attention
3 : not deserved : unmerited
  • unworthy treatment
4 : inappropriate to one's condition or station
  • actions unworthy of a gentleman

unworthily

play \ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hə-lē\ adverb

unworthiness

play \ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē-nəs\ noun

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First Known Use of unworthy

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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UNWORTHY Defined for English Language Learners

unworthy

Definition of unworthy for English Language Learners

  • : not good enough to deserve something or someone : not worthy

  • : not appropriate or acceptable for a good or respected person


UNWORTHY Defined for Kids

unworthy

adjective un·wor·thy \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē \

Definition of unworthy for Students

unworthier; unworthiest
1 : not deserving someone or something
  • He's unworthy of such praise.
2 : not appropriate for a particular kind of person or thing
  • That behavior is unworthy of you.

unworthiness

\-t͟hē-nəs\ noun

Law Dictionary

unworthy

adjective un·wor·thy

legal Definition of unworthy

: not meritorious; specifically, in the civil law of Louisiana : being or relating to an heir who is deprived of the right to inherit from a person because of a failure in a duty towards the person

unworthiness

noun


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